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Methodological trials: Recording subtidal epibiota in situ and in photographs, Portrush August 2013 and Sound of Mull August 2014 2015

Marine JNCC Publications Offshore Seabed Survey 0963-8091 Evidence JNCC report series Marine Marine Habitat Mapping Marine Habitats Marine protected area Monitoring Surveillance and Monitoring 561 Research Diver survey

Abstract

When the JNCC dive team approached the IAMMG for project ideas for their 2013 work programme, it was suggested that a study of those techniques and issues would be useful. The DOE(NI) Marine Division invited the dive team to work on these monitoring issues with their team and Queens University, Belfast. Fieldwork for the Portrush studies was carried out in August 2013. The results of those studies clarified a number of issues with recording consistency, but raised further questions and outlined limitations. JNCC therefore decided to carry out further studies in 2014 and to use the study as an opportunity to focus on the recording of sponges, sponge morphologies and anthozoa, as those groups had been targeted for study by Defra’s Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group (HBDSEG). Fieldwork for these studies was carried out in the Sound of Mull, on the west coast of Scotland, in August 2014.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2015·06·01

Citation
Moore, J., Bunker, F., van Rein, H. & Jones, J. (2015) Methodological trials: Recording subtidal epibiota in situ and in photographs, Portrush August 2013 and Sound of Mull August 2014, JNCC Report No 561, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

Lineage
As consistency in recording has long been an issue with in situ monitoring of benthic communities, the decision was taken to examine this issue within the JNCC dive team's programme of work.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·08·30

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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